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Those Who Dare (Raiding Forces Book 1) by [Ward, Phil]
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Length: 381 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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The surprise, speed, and violence of the forebears of U.S. Army Rangers, U.S. Navy SEALs, and SAS Commandos prove that "those who dare, win." By May 1940, panzer divisions had decimated Belgium, sliced through France, and reached Calais. Lieutenant John Randal, a veteran of the U.S. 26th Cavalry Regiment, volunteers to help slow their advance. What unfolds is a blend of military guerrilla tactics, suspense, humor, and brotherly camaraderie -- plus a little romance between the American GI and the widowed Lady Jane Seaborn. Along the way readers meet such colorful characters as the movie star Captain David Niven in MO-9 and Captain "Geronimo Joe" McKoy with his Traveling Wild West Show and Shooting Emporium. The author -- a decorated Ranger -- covers the details of war extensively, from the five points of contact of a parachute landing fall to descriptions of a British raider's A-5 flinging Jerries like rag dolls before the first shell casing even hits the floor. As the novel ends, Major Randal's men, fresh from Operation Tomcat -- the first British parachute raid in France -- learn they'll deploy via sea transport within forty-eight hours on their next mission. The second book, which has already been written, tells that tale.

About the Author

Phil Ward is a highly decorated combat veteran and former instructor at the US Army Ranger School. Currently he is a successful entrepreneur living in Austin, Texas with his wife Lindy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608320405
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H75OPY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Those Who Dare is a good war story. Something blows up on the first page and the action is more or less constant throughout. The characters are the kind of people you would like to go to war with. You get a rare look at the evolution of pin-prick raiding and how No.1 British Parachute School and the Commando Special Warfare Training Center in Achnacarry, Scotland trained Combined Operations troops, which is something I've never seen in fiction before. I'm ex-SF, Ranger, Jumpmaster and have been there and done that, got the scars to prove it. I recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Novels are almost never on my reading list. My preference is for non fiction, solid history with facts and research. Novels make me think I am wasting time. Those Who Dare was recommended by a family member. A novel, and a war story to boot, not for me. But in a weak moment I picked up, and then could not put it down. Great story with just enough facts and research to give credibility. Kudos to a new author. Will be waiting for the next book.
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. . . for those of us with a sweet tooth for the vintage WEB Griffin "Corps" and "Brotherhood of War" series, the new "Eagles" series by Phil Ward fits the bill nicely. Griffin was the master at writing compelling "war" fiction . . . with virtually no action or battle scenes. Could never figure out how he did it. According to Griffin, WWII and Korea were both won through the efforts of dedicated, no-nonsense warrior types who spent as much time downing scotch and bedding babes than they did bagging bad guys overseas. But that's OK: Griffins work was readable, fun and strategically and historically accurate for the most part. It was high grade crack for military fiction fans.

Phil Ward's approach is similar in "Eagles" - we get up close and personal with a group of hard-drinking, resolute and patriotic commandos as they work their way through off-the-books raids and behind the lines shootouts with the Germans. Here the setting is Great Britain during the early days of WWII when much was in doubt. The women are lusty, beautiful, well-connected and veddy, veddy English. They can also handle a Colt. 45 and jump out of planes. Brilliant! The men drink like fish, train like Tarzan and get the girls. And they are really good at offing Hitlers best in well-planned covert raids. We follow the group through training, planning and -YES - actual commando and battle action. There's also plenty of meetings with fusty upper-crust British intelligence and high level officer types in sprawling English mansions: you almost smell the dust, the Indian rugs and the whiskey.

In sum, an interesting and entertaining series from a guy who obviously knows the commando business. I'll keep reading.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not a literature professor, but in my estimation a good modern novel is supposed to contain: 1) well-rounded heroes who are both likable and flawed to make them seem more sympathetic; b) excellent dialogue; c) antagonists who attempt to foil the heroes. Unfortunately, this book contains none of those.

The characters might as well be cardboard cutouts; they are all dashing, beautiful, brave and indefatigable. I find myself hoping for the one of the main characters to be injured or shot just to see if he/she reacts like a human being.

I am 90% through the book, but have yet to meet a Nazi character. The most prominent enemy character is a Nazi general. He is in the book for about three pages and never speaks. In fact, the main characters capture him completely by accident. Ha! Ha!

Worst of all, this book is written in a strange, all-knowing, eye-of-God narrative voice. Instead of actually hearing from the characters themselves what they are thinking, feeling and experiencing, the author tells us in his detached, cliche-packed writing. This makes reading this novel like reading an after-action report or a Medal of Honor citation.

To wit: "The Whitley pilot, to his everlasting credit, did not jink, speed up, or take any evasive action whatsoever. He was a rock solid [sic] professional. Having prepared for this type of mission from the day he was assigned to fly for the Parachute Training School, he intended to put his jumpers on target, on time, or get shot down trying. Behind him, the other two Whitley pilots followed his lead and pressed on through the wall of flak."

To his everlasting credit? Please. Well...I'm sure their fictional parents would be very proud to read about their sons' courage under fire. But give me break.
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First and foremost, I enjoyed this book and it's following book in the series "Dead Eagles" Granted they are somewhat silly, but are kind of fun, in a Saturdaay afternoon at the show manner.
for the scream making repetitive, never ending and coma inducing referal to call/nicknames of characters.
James "Baldy" Crinchleep. Major Alterton "No Nose Swordplayer" Faversham, Colour Sgt. Wilfred " Stomp en and bleed em"
McShane. Col. Redfern "Dash it where's my ketchcup" Wison. General the Duchess Lorraine "Biggest Boobs on the Planet" Toddington-Smythe, Etc.,etc.
You get the idea. I found it to be extremely distracting and totally needless. A once, possibly used discrriptor will suffice.
Continual repetition of this sort adds nothing and is a stumbling block to the telling of what otherwise is a rather decent read.
Author Ward,...? Cut it out. Just tell the story. It IS enough.
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